By Chance Or Providence gives due to one of today’s best comics writers

There are some comics creators immediately recognizable beyond a visual style, revisiting the same themes and tropes and in some cases even telling the same story. Becky Cloonan is not one of them. Though it’s easy to pick her art out of a lineup if you know what to look for, her writing over the last few years has…

This Punisher #10 exclusive highlights Frank Castle’s terrifying nature

Frank Castle is a killer, and that’s very scary. He may kill bad guys, but that doesn’t make him any less terrifying, and writer Becky Cloonan is deeply aware of this. Cloonan’s run on The Punisher has been an exceptional action-horror series that emphasizes Frank Castle’s cold, disturbed nature, and she’s not trying…

Squirrel Girl injects life into an otherwise stale All-New Wolverine

Big pieces of Marvel’s core lineup these days is defined by what it isn’t, rather than what it is. Many titles unapologetically point out what’s missing: Captain America: Sam Wilson isn’t about the real Captain America, or even the other two Captain Americas—it’s about Sam Wilson. It leaves the impression that these…

Exclusive DC preview: Gotham Academy mourns a death in the family

Gotham Academy is regularly one of DC Comics’ most fun, exciting releases, but next week’s issue sees a big tonal shift for a story about grief. Olive Silverlock’s mother has passed away, and Olive’s classmates want to comfort their friend but aren’t quite sure how. It’s a big departure from the lighthearted adventure…

Sexcastle galvanizes, Borb afflicts, and Southern Cross blasts off to the future

Can a person really change? It’s a common question in fiction, and Kyle Starks’ graphic novel Sexcastle (Image) explores it with a thrilling action plot about one assassin’s struggle to escape a life of violence. Shane Sexcastle is the “world’s greatest assassin,” but he decides to create a new identity for himself as…

Exclusive DC preview: Gotham Academy #4 delivers all-ages mystery and romance

Gotham Academy has quickly become one of DC Comics’ most engaging titles, taking an all-ages look at Batman’s world through the views of various students at the titular institution. The series started strong and has only improved as writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher delve deeper into the characters and build…

Gotham Academy and Doomed take DC Comics in the right direction

There are wytches in the woods, and they’re not happy with how the world perceives their kind. Wytches #1 (Image) begins with a full page dedicated to the dictionary definition of the word “witch” immediately followed by the same full page with one change: the definition has been clawed at and torn. Working in…